The Tsarina's Daughter Author:Carolly Erickson From the bestselling author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette comes a dramatic novel and powerful love story about the last Russian imperial family. — It is 1989 and Daria Gradov is an elderly grandmother living in the rural West. What neighbors and even her children don't know, however, is that she is not who she claims to be - the widow o... more »f a Russian immigrant of modest means. In actuality she began her life as the Grand Duchess Tatiana, known as Tania to her parents, Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra.
And so begins the latest entrancing historical entertainment by Carolly Erickson. At its center is young Tania, who lives a life of incomparable luxury in pre-Revolutionary Russia, from the magnificence of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to the family's private enclave outside the capital. Tania is one of four daughters, and the birth of her younger brother Alexei is both a blessing and a curse. When he is diagnosed with hemophilia and the key to his survival lies in the mysterious power of the illiterate monk Rasputin, it is merely an omen of much worse things to come. Soon war breaks out and revolution sweeps the family from power and into claustrophobic imprisonment in Siberia.?Into Tania's world comes a young soldier whose life she helps to save and who becomes her partner in daring plans to rescue the imperial family from certain death.« less
I have always loved Russian history. This book is fiction and proposes that Tatiana, the daughter of the last Tsar of Russia escaped the brutal massacre of her other family members by the Bolsheviks in l918. Most accounts say that the daugthter named Anastasia
was the daugher who excaped and later showed up in Europe claiming to be the last Romanov. The story here is very believable, and never claims to be factual. Carolly Erickson is a wonderful writer and her books are always well researchd and I found her account of life in the Tsar's household fascinating. It is hard to believe the indredible wealth and riches of this family as comppared to the miserable poverty of the average Russian family. Genny